3.5 years - Full-time funded PhD Studentship - “Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation”

Oxford Brookes University - School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Low Carbon Vehicles Group

Eligibility: Home/EU and International Students


£16,000 per annum

A further £3,000 p.a. is available to cover project costs

Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University.

Start date: January 2018 (Home/EU students only) or April 2018 (International students)

The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a 3.5 year full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing in 2018. The successful candidate, will work under the supervision of Prof Denise Morrey and her team, and with the Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student Team. For information about the Low Carbon Vehicles Group, see: www.brookes.ac.uk/ecm/research/engineering/low-carbon-vehicles

The Formula Student Team has been very successful in the competition, using an ICE based powertrain for two decades. The Team now wishes to create an advanced electric powertrain-based solution to align with the current trends in Europe.

The current electric powertrain control relies greatly on the off-the-shelf automotive controllers and much work is needed to develop and implement highly-optimised advanced powertrain control and power delivery, using advanced control strategies. Current controllers do not take into account the interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as efficiency do not reach the full potential available within the chosen envelope of hardware and controls.

This project will develop and apply a new analytical, multi-objective, dynamic, optimisation methodology to simultaneously optimise across multiple vehicle systems, with specific intent to maximise power and range. The project also aims to develop a dedicated electric vehicle dynamometer for powertrain testing and development.

The project will seek to identify effective and feasible strategies to enhance the performance and range of the test vehicle. The project also aims to develop improved modelling techniques and methodologies for motor mapping.


We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3.5 years. Applicants would be expected to have a good relevant Engineering degree. They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

Application Process

If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD Studentship in Electric Powertrain”.

Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 5.00 pm on Monday 18 December 17. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a supporting statement (2 page maximum) which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this role. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview.


For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Gordana Collier via email: gordanacollier@brookes.ac.uk

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